Thai Prime Minister dissolves parliament amid protests

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament amid anti-government protests. She says elections will be held "as soon as possible". Protests are continuing to take place in Bangkok.

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Thai police remove barricades outside key buildings

Thai police have removed barbed-wire barricades from outside the prime minister's office and police headquarters in Bangkok.

Barbed wire barricades have been removed in Bangkok. Credit: APTN

The move comes after teargas and rubber bullets were used in protests over the weekend against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Protesters and police officers mingled outside the buildings after removing the barricades as tensions appeared to lessen.

Demonstrators are demanding that Yingluck, the sister of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, steps down - a call that she has rejected.

Battle in Bangkok as protesters call for PM's resignation

Street battles between protesters and police which started over the weekend in the Thai capital of Bangkok have intensified today.

The violence took place around key institutions - including the Parliament building and police headquarters - with officers using rubber bullets, water cannon and tear gas against the protesters.

Protest leaders are calling for a "people's council" to be set up to run the country, but Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said today that such a move would be undemocratic.


Drone footage shows violent clashes in Bangkok

Footage taken by a drone and posted on social media shows aerial views of the violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Bangkok yesterday.

Thai police are seen using water cannon and tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowds, who are attempting to launch a "people's coup" on the government.

At least two people have died as a result of the violence.

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FCO advises Britons to avoid all protests in Bangkok

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised Britons to "avoid all protests, political gatherings and demonstrations", following violent protests in the Bang Kapi district of Bangkok.

Several people have reportedly been killed during street clashes as 30,000 protesters launched a "people's coup" on the Thai government.

An anti-government protester throws a tear gas canister towards police during clashes near the Government House in Bangkok. Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmeth
Thai riot police at Government House in Bangkok. Credit: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
An anti-government protester wearing national colours throws a rock during clashes with police. Credit: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
An anti-government protester sprays an unknown substance over the barricade during clashes with police. Credit: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Govt urges public in Bangkok to stay indoors overnight

Thailand's government has urged people in Bangkok to stay in their homes from 10pm on Sunday until 5am after a day of violence in the capital, Reuters reports.

In a televised address, deputy prime minister Pracha Promnok said: "We ask people to not leave their homes for their safety so they will not become victims of provocateurs."

Teargas and water cannon have been used during clashes between police and anti-government protesters seeking to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Four people have reportedly died and scores have been wounded.

Water cannon and tear gas used again Thai protesters

Police have used water cannon and tear gas against large groups of anti-government protesters in Thailan's capital Bangkok.

More than 1,000 protesters were seen attempting to rip down concrete barriers outside Government House but were pushed back by police, the Associated Press reports.

It follows a week of tensions between pro-and anti-government groups as the latter aim to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.


Troops in Thailand to 'take back government property'

About 30,000 protesters have launched a "people's coup" on Thailand's government, Reuters reports.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was forced to flee a police compound after it was swarmed by protesters and multiple state agencies have been also been targeted.

Police fired teargas on protesters and troops are being sent to a government complex occupied by protesters since Thursday and the Finance Ministry, occupied since Monday.

"We have sent forces to these places to take back government property," national police spokesman Piya Utayo said on national television.

Two killed in Thai anti-government protests

Hundreds of protesters seeking to overthrow Thailand's government stormed a police compound where the prime minister had been during the morning, forcing her to leave hastily for an undisclosed location, a government official said.

Police fired several rounds of teargas in an area of Bangkok near Government House, after a chaotic night of street fighting elsewhere in the capital during which two people were killed and at least 45 wounded, according to Reuters.

Thai PM leaves police complex stormed by protesters

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Credit: Reuters

Anti-government protesters broke into the compound of a police sports club on Sunday where Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had been during the morning, but she was able to leave the premises and went to an undisclosed location, an aide said.

In another area of the city, police fired three rounds of teargas at protesters near Government House, where Yingluck's office is, a Reuters witness said, as demonstrators seeking to overthrow her government massed in areas across the city.

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